Do young people have to get a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Anthony, Indiana on 03/14/2012.
Could it be possible for someone in their 30s or younger to get a colonoscopy? Or is the procedure only reserved for people who are older? If so, why?

Doctors Answers (1)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 3/15/2012

Younger people would need a colonoscopy only if they have symptoms such as gastrointestinal bleeding or diarrhea, or if they have a family history of colon cancer.